Bird Watch

I have only done the RSPB garden watch here once, but that doesn’t mean I don’t notice our feathered friends around us.
This past weekend was wet, windy and cold, so the thought of sitting in the car with a restricted view for an hour didn’t appeal, and looking out of our windows would have given me even less of an area to scan.
Saying that though, when I participated in January 2015, I’d seen my first ever bullfinch (google image here).
bullfinch 1Since then, I have been blessed to see swallows close up (my pictures)
swallows am 11 6 swallows 23 5 swallow close am 11 6
a kingfisher (my pictures)
perfect perfect 2
as well as ducks, geese, moorhens, egyptian geese/ducks, cormorants, herons and these
four cygnets which I snapped today 1st February 2017.
swans-1st-febHubby and I were walking back from town one day a little while ago and saw a bird we had never seen before.
It was about the size of a blackbird or song thrush, but had a red flash on its side and a white flash across its eye.
Looking it up, I discovered it was a Redwing (google images here).
redwing-2 redwing

Aren’t they beautiful?
Walking around the Avenue a few days later, we saw at least ten of them on the green.
And speaking of green, we also have a green woodpecker making the rounds at the bottom of the dog walk (another google image here).
green woodpeckerAll this in my own ‘back garden’.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Bird Watch

  1. I love watching the birds – I feel like I have a very low level of knowledge as to what they are, thought. I can name the birds who come to our bird feeders, the typical ones for our area, and thanks to living on the pond/river, a larger number of water birds than I could two years ago. I’m working on some bird songs right now – I downloaded some bird sounds and listen to those daily, in the hopes that if I can hear some more birds this summer and recognize them. Right now, the number I can do that with is very limited (and sometimes is like, ‘it’s a duck!,’ which is not really helpful).

  2. kiwinana says:

    Nice, it makes you feel good when you see bird life in your day. I can sit at the window and watch them for hours especially in late spring feeding their young on the lawn. Have a nice day.

  3. Lucky you! I remember seeing whole flocks of bullfinches when I was a kind in the 1970s but then there were millions of swallows then too…

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